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Shania Twain Beats Miley Cyrus to Australia's Albums Chart Crown

Shania Twain, 2017
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Shania Twain performs at the opening ceremony of the 2017 US Open Tennis Tournament on Aug. 28, 2017 in New York.

Shania Twain has done it again. After debuting at No. 1 in the U.S. and winning a tight battle to secure top spot on this week’s U.K. Albums Chart, the Canadian singer’s comeback release Now (Mercury/Universal) fends off a strong challenge from Miley CyrusYounger Now (RCA/Sony) to secure her first No. 1 on Australia’s albums chart in nearly 15 years. 

It’s the veteran country-pop singer’s third No. 1 Down Under, having previous hit the summit with Come On Over in February 1999 and with her last album Up!, which hit the top in November 2002.

Cyrus' sixth and latest album Younger Now debuts at No. 2 to give the U.S. pop singer her a fourth top ten entry on the national albums survey, after hitting the summit with Breakout (in September 2008) and Bangerz (in October 2013) and reaching No. 4 with her 2010 LP Can’t Be Tamed

The top five is rounded out by a trio of former chart-toppers: Ed Sheeran’s Divide (up 4-3, via Warner), The Killers Wonderful Wonderful (down 1-4, via Island/Universal) and Foo Fighters Concrete And Gold (down 2-5, via RCA/Sony).

There are some notable arrivals on the latest chart with Australian singer-songwriters Rick Price and Jack Jones’ covers set California Dreaming (Sony) starting at No. 7, while Demi Lovato’s Tell Me You Love Me (Island/Universal)  opens at No. 8, her second top 10 in Australia. 

Following the passing of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty, the American rocker’s Greatest Hits (MCA/Universal) from 1993 re-enters the chart at No. 9, eclipsing its previous peak of No. 16 set in January 1994.

On the ARIA Singles Chart, Post Malone locks down a second week at No. 1 with “Rockstar” (Republic/Universal), featuring 21 Savage, while Macklemore impacts the top 5 with two of the songs he performed during his controversial showcase during the NRL Grand Final in Sydney. The rapper’s “Glorious” (ADA/Warner) featuring Skylar Grey rises 3-2, a new peak, while “Same Love” (Mack), the pro-LGBT anthem at the center of a storm of debate in these parts, returns to the top 50 at No. 4.

With a No. 27 entry, Pink’s latest “Beautiful Trauma” (RCA/Sony) is the highest arrival on this week’s tally, while just two homegrown tracks make the top 50: Vance Joy’s “Lay It On Me,” up 24-27 (via Liberation/Universal) and Jessica Mauboy’s “Fallin'” (Sony), down 45-49.


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